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Chinese Take-Out

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I guess the “Always Up On Friday” rule finally got broken. As you may know, every single Friday – every one, without exception – has been a gainer for the entirety of this year. And yes, I know, it’s only the start of the day. Still, I’ve got a feeling we might just see red. Over the span of just a few hours:

  1. The Chinese stock market crashed, making fools of the Chinese citizens who sheepishly followed their government’s demands to buy equities on credit;
  2. The fabled March 27th signing of a big juicy trade deal has apparently fallen to pieces;
  3. The jobs report came out which, even with the completely pulled-from-the-sky optimism that the BLS engages is, completely fell flat, about 90% below expectations.
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